Set in the heart of the Cyclades, Syros is a quaint little island brimming with character.
In the heart of the Cyclades, Syros is a compact little island that provides all that is essential for perfect holidays. Boasting a selection of secluded, sandy beaches, a rich history, warm and friendly locals, charming fishing villages and a varied nightlife, Syros has a little something to offer everyone.
Syros is also home to Hermoupolis, the capital of the Cyclades and one of the busiest ports in the Aegean. Combining some of the best sightseeing on the island and plentiful shops, cafes and restaurants hidden in tiny streets, Hermoupolis is a town just waiting to be discovered. Galissas is on the east coast of Syros and boasts one of the best sandy beaches on the island. The atmosphere in this resort is relaxed but ultimately comes to life in the summer with its numerous bars, cafes and tavernas.
Local produce includes the famous loukoumi (Greek delight), almond pie and liqueurs. You can also shop for handcrafted items, icons and art which will make great souvenirs to take home.
Holidays in Syros are great for visitors looking for a nice balance between tourism and normal working life, so you can enjoy the trappings of a tourist resort and still sample the unspoilt culture. Syros holidays offer a chance to explore the interesting history with sites such as the striking capital Ermoupolis with its Venetian mansions and neoclassical buildings.
The best beaches in Syros
Agathopes is considered as one of the best beaches of the island along with Galissas.
Many beautiful beaches are easily accessible and should not be missed: Azolimnos, Vari, Abela, Achladi, Megas Gialos, Kimata (small bay), Varvaroussa.
From Kini you can take small boats to the northern secluded beaches of the island.
Things To Do
Agathopes beach: Drive to this sandy for a swim, or to the resort of Galissas for windsurfing and waterskiing.
Hire a fishing boat: and explore the small caves and coves in the north of the island
Apollon Theatre: Enjoy the opera productions that take place in the theatre during peak season.
Grammata Beach Cruise: One day boat excursion. We will leave from Galissas and sails along the west coast of Syros. We will stop to several beaches, in particular Grammata beach which is only accessible by boat. Food and wine are included in the price.
Things To See
Town Hall: in the famous Miaoulis Square in Ermoupoli.
Apollo Municipal Theatre. The Apollon Theatre is situated behind the Town Hall in Hermoupolis. It was built in 1861 to the design of the French architect Chabeau and its outward appearance presents a small-scale copy of the Scala of Milan.
Church of the Christ's Transfiguration (Metamorphosis): Visit the church of Hermoupolis with its excellent woodcarvings and icons.
Temple of Agios Nicolaos: that is the third largest church of Greece.
Village of Posidonia: that was named after the second greatest town of the island of Posidonia, which is also named Della Grazia after the small church of Virgin Mary (Madonna Della Grazia).
Old city of Ano Syros: founded in the 13th century. Ano Syros translates in English as 'Upper Syros' and its walls, narrow lanes and arches, has kept much of its medieval character. The steep streets and countless steps lend the town the charm of a bygone age.
Ferry: Syros is connected daily with Piraeus (Athens airport) (4 hours with a ferry, 2 hours with a catamaran), Tinos, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos and Amorgos. Four times a week with Andros, Santorini, and Ios. Three times a week with Folegandros and Sikinos.
Taxi: You will find many taxis in Ermoupoli at Miaoulis Square and at the dock.
Bus: The buses of the public bus company (KTEL) serve all the areas near Ermoupoli (Ano Syros, Vrontado, Dili) and all the villages.
Car Hire: Car hire can be organised locally on the island.